Professor Lungisile Ntsebeza, National Research Foundation (NRF) Research Chair in Land Reform and Democracy in South Africa and AC Jordan Chair in African Studies, University of Cape Town

Since 1994, after supporting a market-led land reform programme and not heeding criticisms of this policy, the ANC leadership shifted focus in December 2017 to advance a radical thesis of expropriating land without compensation without affecting food security. This was followed by the passing in February 2018 of a motion for land expropriation without compensation, leading to acrimonious debates on whether the constitution should be amended or not.

This course will explore these debates by putting them in the context of the history of land dispossession and its effects up to 1994. This will be followed by a discussion of the land reform programme under an ANC dominated government between 1994 and the end of 2017. The course concludes by assessing current debates and discussions on the extent to which economic development could be achieved through expropriating land without compensation.


  1. Overview of the land question
  2. Division of the landscape: urban and commercial farms, communal areas
  3. The land reform: commercial farms and communal areas
  4. Land reform in urban areas
  5. Land expropriation without compensation and impact on the economy
Date:14–18 January     
Time: 6.45 pm
COURSE FEES Full: R550,00     Staff & students: R275,00
Venue: LT3 Kramer Law Building UCT